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A Thrift Tag

I saw this thrift tag going around and thought it could be an interesting way to reflect on my own thrift store behavior and experiences. Ninety percent of what I own is second hand sourced, not only from thrift stores but antique stores, curated vintage shops, online, hand me downs, etc. Vintage collectors have multiple sources and thrift stores have a strong shopping presence due to the constant turnover of

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How To Build A Vintage Wardrobe: Part II Vintage Jackets & Blazers

Adding vintage jackets or blazers to modern-day looks is an easy way to begin building a vintage wardrobe as they are necessary in life and plentiful in vintage clothing stores and thrift shops alike. Below are some suggestions for the types of jackets to consider as you flip through the racks. I encourage you to think outside the box and step outside your comfort zone. Then all of the wonderous

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80s Stage Jacket

This 1980’s vintage stage jacket is one of my favorite vintage scores. A couple of years ago I was roaming the Cambridge Antique Market in Boston and came across a vendor selling a rail of vintage stage and performance clothes. There were many interesting items and I settled on this black blazer with fringe and gold details. My heart skips a beat when I see fringe and this jacket is

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On A Llama

I had to title this post “on a llama” because that used to be the name of one of my favorite bands from Portland, OR in the late 90s and everytime I see a llama, a voice in my head says, On A Llama. Recently, my family came to visit and we took to the trails for a short walk in West Cornwall, CT with two llamas called Theo and

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Fringe Love

I had chance recently to do a little vintage shopping in Miami. I landed this 1970’s fringe dream from a wonderful vintage clothing boutique called Miami Twice. I loved their entire collection from high-end, designer vintage clothes and handbags to affordable statement pieces such as this long, fringe vest. Pieces this intricate don’t usually stand the test of time and are often found with snags and stains. This is in

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Roaming The English Countryside

Honestly, I barely scratched the surface on my trip to the English Countryside and have since added many more towns and villages to my bucket list. I managed to visit Bath, The Cotswolds, and Stonehenge this time around and came away truly touched by the deep history, tranquility, whimsy, and beauty of the countryside I was lucky to see. It was like being in the movies! The village of Lacock

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How To Build A Vintage Wardrobe: Part 1 Introduction

I’m excited to be starting this new series today on how to build a vintage wardrobe and tips for creating a unique style you can call your own by incorporating vintage finds into your everyday style. Over the next few months, I’ll offer styling ideas and examples while sharing some of my favorite finds and best scores over the years. This introduction is about where to begin to shop and

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I Wore My Vintage Wranglers To Key West

Recently, I visited the Florida Keys for the first time. It truly is a special place. My brother and I rented a car and spent a couple of days exploring the islands, and Key West. It’s not difficult to fall in love with the history, deeply-rooted culture, and beauty of the place. It was paradise to me. I dressed myself in Miami on the morning we headed out and didn’t

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Modern Renaissance

I’m in the process of editing my wardrobe which means trying on everything I own. This has given me the opportunity to reminisce about some of my earlier vintage pieces. Vintage beaded tops make up a high percentage of my wardrobe. I’ve been collecting them for over twenty years. For the beginner collector, they are affordable and easily found in thrift shops and vintage stores. As a seasoned collector, I

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A New Orleans Vintage Gem

New Orleans has long been one of my favorite cities and I seize any opportunity to visit. Over the years, I’ve developed a kind of routine of favorite spots that I hit each time I blow into town. Bambi Deville Vintage is always on the list. Located on the 2nd floor of a house in the French Quarter, it’s easy to find. The storefront doesn’t give an accurate impression of

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